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Online ad questions taxpayer cost of Patrick Murphy campaign event with Joe Biden



An political nonprofit says it is running this online ad against Patrick Murphy over questions about the cost of a campaign event featuring Vice President Joe Biden.

The ad will run primarily on Facebook, said Brian Burgess, whose client is Better Florida Aliance, a 501(c)(4) "dedicated to educating Florida citizens on the effect of pro-growth economic policies on Florida’s families and promote policies that encourage economic freedom and opportunity." The group does not have to disclose its donors.

Burgess said the group has nearly 10,000 Facebook fans and the ad buy targets 2 million additional voters.

The ad uses some of the "b-roll" that Murphy put up on his campaign website in the hope that friendly outside groups would use it for ads.

Murphy spokesman Joshua Karp writes: "We appreciate the efforts of a Republican dark-money group to raise awareness for Patrick's strong endorsement from Vice President Joe Biden. They were honored to campaign together in Miami just a few days ago."

Then again, Murphy hasn't disclosed the full details of the Biden event.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 3:52pm]


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